That, my friends, is the New York St. Patrick's Day Parade. This parade began in 1762 and, in keeping with its 247-year tradition, doesn't allow "floats, automobiles and other commercial aspects" -- meaning there are 150,000 - 250,000 marchers on foot, on horseback, in bands (with an emphasis on bagpipes and other traditional instruments), as well as large contingents of firemen, policemen, military, county associations, emigrant societies, social and cultural clubs, civil war reenactment groups, and much more.
We neither wore extravagant costumes nor imbibed tremendous amounts of alcohol, but we did have fun. Here's Mr. O'Kitten with our niece, Mackenzie. (Yes, her shirt is in keeping with the spirit of the day.)
Now on to the parade.
Now for some of the costumes we saw along Fifth Avenue. Remember, these people aren't in the parade. They're dressed up like this to watch it.
Pog mo thoin means "Kiss my ---." Alternately, pogue mahone, from which (I'm told by Mr. O'Kitten) the amazing band The Pogues got their name. It's good to learn something new every day, isn't it?
Mackenzie: I'm lookin' for the horsies.